Lentils are one of the best foods by far, they are full of lots of protein and fiber… and together with simple carbs and veggies they make a complete meal. And Lentils are grown all over the world including Europe, Asia, Africa, and even in the US and South America. In fact Lentils are talk about as far back as biblical times, and were blessed by Jesus and Mohammed… and in Ethiopia Lentils were one of the first baby foods.
One third of the calories in Lentils comes from protein, protein that does the body good creating lean muscle mass and at the same time helping with hormone production. In fact as far as legumes nuts go only hemp and soybeans have more protein than Lentils.
Plus Lentils have lots of fiber that help to stabilize blood sugar levels… and because Lentils contain iron they help with anemia and boost metabolism and energy levels. Lentils are also a low glycemic index food helping to slowly releases energy into the body and stabilize blood sugar.
And because they contain fiber they give long lasting energy that sustain you all day long. In studies those who consume fiber from lentils and other legumes can lower their bad cholesterol by over 12 %.
One cup of Lentils contains 230 calories so they are good weight loss food. And because Lentils contain lots of fiber (both soluble and none soluble fiber, 1/4 being soluble) they also help with IBS and diverticulosis. The soluble fiber becomes a gel that combines with cholesterol and also helps with colon health. Lentils lower cholesterol and lower your risk of heart disease and stokes, and like oats they also keep vessels clean of all those heart clogging fats.
Lentils contain B Vitamins and magnesium that are important for lowering inflammation and thus lowering homosycteine levels. People with low levels of magnesium have been found to have higher levels of cardiovascular disease so it’s important to eat Lentils. And magnesium is also important for relaxing blood vessels and lower blood pressure, thus lower the risk of cardiovascular events and prevents free radical injury to the heart.
In fact the George Mateljan Foundation, a none profit organization that promotes healthy foods rates Lentils as one of the healthiest foods in the world.
Other people call lentils one of the best anti-aging foods around. In studies it has been shown that eating Lentils can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 82% – Amazing!
Lentils also contain almost 200 times that daily amount of molybdenum which prevents cancer, also tryptophan which is important for a good nights rest, phosphorus for strong bones, and potassium for cardiovascular health and for water regulation, iron and copper for anemia, and Lentils are almost fat free.
And if you add brown rice to Lentils you have a complete food with every protein you need.
Lentils come in different colors including – red, yellow, orange, green, brown, light tan, and black… all of which have great health benefits. And Lentils cook very quickly thus fitting into our fast paced lifestyle.
Cook Lentils with spices and lots of veggies for a wonderful soup, stew, casserole, or make veggie meatloaf, veggie burger, Lentil Pilaf, rice dishes with Lentils… and Lentils can be made into veggie pate with nuts.
Have some Lentils today… they will do your body good!
Dr. Paul Haider – Master Herbalist and Spiritual Teacher for over 20 years, helping people to recover and feel healthy. You can also find Dr. Haider on FB under Dr. Paul Haider, Healing Herbs, Shambala Spiritual Transformation Institute, Meditation for the Soul, and Relax Into Success, Punjab teas, and at www.paulhaider.com – feel free to contact him any time. Also check out Dr. Haider’s radio show at http://www.thesourcecenterradio.com/The-Relaxed-Soul.html June show to be about “Divine Particles”